5 Healthy Reasons to Eat More Olives

While olives are loved for their rather unique flavor and varied applications, the health benefits of olives are less well known. Given the current focus on dietary impact on overall wellness, olives could satisfy a missing piece of the health puzzle. Let's dive into 5 healthy benefits of olives.

1: Olives contain many antioxidants

  • Antioxidants help to fight free radicals, which can contribute to aging and conditions like cancer, strokes, and heart attacks. Since olives have so many antioxidants, they’re an easy way to increase intentional antioxidant intake and help neutralize free radicals.

2: They support heart health

  • Olives are high in fat, but the majority of this is a type of fat called oleic acid. This is the same kind of fat found in avocados and nuts which helps increase good cholesterol. An increase in oleic acid is also associated with a reduced risk of heart disease.

3: They’re a good source of fiber

  • Olives have a relatively high amount of fiber in them. 10 olives will get you about 1.5 grams, which when compared with the recommended daily amount of 30 grams doesn’t seem like much but considering most Americans get less than half this amount, olives could be a good way to start increasing your daily fiber intake.

4: Some types of olives are probiotic rich

  • Some olives, like Freestyle Snacks olives, undergo a process of natural fermentation which results in the formation of beneficial bacteria, otherwise known as probiotics. Probiotics are an important part of gut health. 

5: They may be good for your bones

  • One of the compounds unique to olives, oleuropein, works together with another compound in olives to help protect against bone loss and protect against osteoporosis. 

You can easily reap the health benefits as olives make an excellent snack or great addition to meals.